There is no end in sight for Game of Thrones and True Blood, HBO’s top programming exec maintained to reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
“It can go on as long as there are stories to tell,” network president Michael Lombardo said of Thrones‘ future. Regarding True Blood, which was just renewed for a seventh season, Lombardo pointed to a new energy under new showrunner Brian Buckner, adding, “No decisions have been made.”
Other highlights from HBO’s exec session:
* The shortened final season of Treme bows Dec. 1.
* The fourth and final season of Eastbound & Down will find Kenny “struggling with marriage, suburbia and his continue demons,” teased Lombardo.
* Julia Louis Dreyfuss’ Veep alter ego Selina Meyer will be running for POTUS in Season 3. “Next season we’ll see her on a bus a lot,” confirmed Lombardo. “She’ll be out on the campaign trail.”
* “We’re having conversations on how to proceed” with Criminal Justice in the wake of James Gandolfini’s passing, said Lombardo. “I can’t imagine us airing the pilot with James in it. Jim’s passing took the wind out of our sails at HBO.” The most likely scenario has HBO “reshooting” the pilot with a new actor in Gadolfini’s role.
* Enlightened‘s miniscule viewership was a factor in the show’s cancellation after two seasons, but it wasn’t the only factor. “We felt creatively that Amy’s story had come to a natural resting place,” said Lombardo. “We felt it was best to end it where we did.”
* A new project, potentially a spin-off series, featuring Melissa George’s Hunted alter ego Sam Hunter is in development at Cinemax.
* The Clive Owen-fronted medical drama The Knick has been given a 10-episode order at Cinemax. Steven Soderbergh, an exec producer on the circa 1900 project, will direct all 10 episodes.
* A third season pickup for The Newsroom is a foregone conclusion, Lombardo confirmed.
Selina Meyer will be back for a third term.
On Friday, HBO renewed the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-led comedy Veep for a 10-episode Season 3.
The news comes three episodes into the series’ second season.
Veep airs Sundays at 10/9c. The third seeason will debut in 2014.
Deadline is reporting that Veep will be adding another veteran actor for its upcoming second season. Gary Cole has joined the Armando Iannucci comedy in a major recurring role, said to include appearances in at least eight of the upcoming 10 episodes in season two. No official character details have been released yet, though there’s speculation that he will be playing a Karl Rove-like character named Kent.
Should that be the case, it seems likely that Cole will be the “villain” next season, another lifelong politico that Selina has to placate while keeping her hands clean. With her reputation in D.C. fairly tattered after the bad press that she received last season, she can’t afford to fully walk away from people like Kent, no matter how much she may disagree with them or how poorly they may treat her. Similar to the oil lobbyists from season one, she’ll have to find a way for someone like Kent to help her standing without dragging her down into the political mud that he loves to wallow in and that the Veep became all too familiar with. Unfortunately, Selina has to play the Washington game in order to restore what credibility she had or, better yet, get the President to call.
Veep will be another addition to a lengthy resume for Cole. Among his TV credits are stints on Hart of Dixie, The Good Wife, Desperate Housewives, and The West Wing, where he coincidentally played the Veep – Vice President Bob Russell. Cole is the second guest star added to the cast of Veep’s second season, as Kevin Dunn’s appearance as the President’s new Chief of Staff Ben was announced last week.
The second season of Veep will premiere in 2013, likely in March along with Game of Thrones or shortly afterwards in April. Production on the season begins this month.
Are you excited for the upcoming season of Veep? How do you think that Selina will handle a character like Kent? What type of political figures would you like to see her interact with next season?
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